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Orthochaetes setiger ( Becker, 1817)
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dorsal view
ventral view
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Food Plant: Cyclamen hederifolium, C.persicum, Allium ursinum (Ramsons), Centaurea spp., Ajuga species (Bugles), Hieracium spp. (hawkweed), Lactuca spp. (Lettuce), Plantago spp. (Plantain), Myosotis spp. (Forget-me-not), Sonchus spp. (Thistle), Taraxacum officinale agg (Dandelion)

Mine: May-July

Notes: Forms an irregular branched corridor mine associated with the midrib or from the petiole. The larvae changes leaves and the mine develops into a blotch in the second leaf. Widespread but uncommon in the UK. The larva is seen in dorsal, ventral and lateral view (top to bottom photos). The head is darkly sclerotized and the prothorax has dark pigmenation, with a median sulcus.

Data: 25.iv.2009, Fleet, Hants, VC12

Image:© Rob Edmunds

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